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How to fight against academies

Issue No. 2608

Teachers and parents organise

Teachers and parents organised in Newham (Pic: Guy Smallman)

Teachers, parents, campaigners and others will meet in London this Saturday to discuss the battle against academies.

It comes after a rise in the number of strikes and campaigns to stop schools being turned into privately-run academies.

In Newham, bosses retreated on a plan to turn Avenue school into an academy after several strikes and a mass campaign. Governors at other schools in the east London borough, including Keir Hardie, voted not to go ahead with academisation.

Not every battle has won. Cumberland School in Newham went ahead with academisation, despite strikes. But even where schools do convert, the battles continue. In Brent, north west London, NEU union members at The Village School staged

12 strikes against a plan to put the school into a Multi Academy Trust.

The academy is going ahead. But workers have won a series of written promises about their terms and conditions after threatening further strikes.

The Anti Academies Alliance meeting will discuss how to intensify the battle to stop academies —and to bring schools that have converted back into local authority control.

Campaigning Against Academisation Sat 16 June, 1-5pm, The Wesley Euston Hotel & Conference Venue, London NW1 2EZ

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